Back for its third year, the Wriggle Best Burger Guide is back with the very best this fine city has to offer. We have to say that the bar has been raised again this year with two newcomers flying straight in to the list.
Asado and Squeezed are two stellar additions to the city that have had critics, Bristolians and Wrigglers salivating over their stacked high and proud meaty creations.
We’ve also picked out our Wriggle team and critic favourites that you should definitely be trying out. We make our Wriggle guarantee that every single burger on this list is mouth-wateringly amazing.
This is not just another burger place… Lucien Gordon of Patty and Bun fame in London has come back to Bristol and opened on Park Row. Heavy on the Bristol and South American influence, he is serving those burgers pink & juicy, using organic, high welfare beef and topped with West Country cheese. The patties are cooked on a proper wood fired grill for that sought after, char grilled taste. Veggies are catered for too, check out their buttermilk fried pepper burger, it’s something different! As a delicious added treat, they make their own habanero hot sauce and mayo in house and my goodness it’s packed with flavour. We tried to get the recipe out of Lucien but he wasn’t budging.
Looking for unique, bold (and thoroughly delicious) flavour combos in your burgers? Look no further than Squeezed. Previously owners of the short-lived, but well loved Rebel Roll, we were obsessed with their St Werburger and Rebel MC burgers. We were close to tears when they closed down… but then out of the ashes rose the phoenix that is Squeezed. Based down in one of Cargo’s shipping containers, they are creating unpretentious burgers with insanely delicious flavours. Bristolians agree, rating it a consistently incredible 9.1 since launching.
Oowee are the purveyors of a proper dirty burger and respect two things greatly – meat & cheese – and give you handsome quantities of each. The burgers are the stuff of the American Dream, inspired by Southern cooking and midwest-American dirty food. The Saucy Bird Burger is a knockout get-up of crispy chicken thigh, American and Swiss cheese, fried onion and baconnaise. Even the simple single patty burger comes with pickles, American mustard and homemade relish. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Peanut Butter Bacon Burger is exactly what it says on the tin, plus cheese. We dare you to conquer it.
SMOKE & GLAZE
The best burgers in Stokes Croft (and a Wriggle post-work favourite), Smoke & Glaze offers a taste of the American South in the Mild West of Bristol. Think chargrilled patties with your choice of pickles and sauces, all made on the premises. Their buttermilk chicken thigh burger is as juicy as you like, with background flavours of parmesan, truffle and parma ham giving it a bold, savoury taste. Add to that their ‘soul fries’ which are more like little roast potatoes topped with tangy salsa verde and you’ve got an absolute winner. Grab a pint of Bristol Beer Factory ‘Independence’ while you’re there and tuck in.
Are you after an award-winning burger? Well, look no further than the Burger Joint. With both The Daily Telegraph and TripAdvisor listing this Bristol-only chain in their ‘Top 10 burgers in the UK’, it’s not shy of critical acclaim. And rightly so. Fun fact: you could eat at Burger Joint burger every day for the rest of your life and never run out of choices. In fact, we’ve worked out that they have 268 million different burger combinations to pick from. That means the fussiest of eaters will definitely be catered for here, as will as the more adventurous (Kangaroo burger, anyone?). A flagship of the Bristol food scene that has people coming from across the country to try it, so you probably should too.
You know there’s something in a place when The Good Food awards rate it for serving Bristol’s best burgers. Well Chomp, we agree, and you’ve provided us many a chance to chow down on a brilliant burger (or two). The burger menu is short, listing a House Classic, Dirty Classic, and a Bloody Veggie, proving that several great ingredients make an award-winning bun. The meat is incredibly well seasoned and offers a sensuous mouthful with every bite. Other specialities include steak, bourbon and beer. You’ll find that Chomp places equal importance on a smooth measure of Buffalo Trace bourbon as a thick chateaubriand fillet steak.
Nestled in the renowned Gloucester Road is The Hobgoblin. Usually bustling with drinkers, this pub hides a little secret to the unaware; dirty, dirty food. Despite this being a burger article, it’s worth noting that their dirty fries are both dirty and gargantuan. You won’t finish them. Their burger flavour combos are eclectic (peanut butter anyone?) but all pack a big punch of flavour. A good starter is the ‘Rodeo Burger’. A juicy meat patty topped with crisp bacon rashers, melted cheddar, onion rings and smothered in sweet and smokey BBQ sauce.
THREE BROTHERS BURGERS
Three Brothers needs no introduction to a Bristolian. Situated at the end of King Street (on a boat), it has been a burger star of Bristol for a few years now. While the venue is unique and the atmosphere is always buzzing, Three Brothers make sure it’s their burgers that people are raving about afterwards. It’s the quality of the meat used and the consistency in the cooking that makes this place shine. Quality cuts come as standard here, promising a juicy, melt-in-the-mouth burger every time you visit. Plus a great choice of burgers are on offer (we highly recommend the Blue Brothers), and an equally impressive range of craft beers (including offerings from local Bristol breweries) to wash it all down.
A Bristolian company who have ventured out into the rest of the UK with their successful recipe, Grillstock is much-loved by Wriggle – especially our tech team. Grillstock are masters in their trade, cooking their meat ‘low and slow’ for the most tender meat meals this side of Texas. If you’re having a burger there, don’t miss out on all the other meaty treats – cram them in there with the burger. If that hasn’t got you salivating, then consider this; Grillstock even have their own (sell-out) annual festival at the Harbourside, celebrating meat, beer and music. Lovely.
Each burger on this list stands out from the rest of the crowd for a particular reason – for Burger Theory, it’s the flavour they pack into their burgers. Griddling the meat at a very high heat creates great caramelisation that intensifies the taste of the burger. This flavour is powerful and resists being overwhelmed by anything you add, a unique and meaty burger to grab when passing by their new restaurant. If you’re thinking that all this flavour means a compromise on size, you’d be wrong. And for vegetarians, the veggie burger is head and shoulders above the rest. Get on.
THE OX, CLIFTON
The Ox already do possibly the best steaks in Bristol and definitely know their way around a cow so of course their burger gets on the list. This towering juicy patty is made with only the best cuts of beef, topped with the best quality cheddar cheese, all the trimmings and a heaped side of fries. These burgers don’t bother with the gimmicks and let the quality of their ingredients shine through and sing. We absolutely recommend getting as many extras as you can handle, these usually include bacon, pickles, mushrooms and blue cheese.
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